Rain launched its data-only network in 2018 and has since been embraced by heavy data users in South Africa.
The company behind the Rain network evolved from WBS (the same company that owned and ran the ancient iBurst network in the past) into the data network we have today.
Due to some historical circumstances, the company has access to very good radio frequencies that are ideal for operating a 4G/LTE network.
Users have had a lot to gain from the new terms. You only get to pay for the Rain data that you use during that day. You no longer have to pay regular monthly charges or worry about signing unnecessary contracts.
In fact, you get to enjoy never-ending data without stress. The launch of the new 5G network is a step towards revolutionizing the way South African’s experience data.
Rain launched the first 5G network in South Africa in September 2019. It claims to provide an increase in internet speed up to 700 Mbps and gives an opportunity to stream big with unlimited data. However, network performance depends on different factors. Not all cities fall in its Rain coverage area. At the moment, Rain 5G is available in Johannesburg and Tshwane. But the company plans to broaden its coverage into Cape Town, Durban, and other major areas of South Africa with live 2,000 5G sites. You can request notification on rain.co.za when your area is in 5G coverage.
Rain 5G prices
South Africans can opt for “Unlimited 5G for home”, signing a 24-month contract with Rain. The offer includes the Huawei 5G CPE X that can be installed indoors or outdoors, making sure you get the best signal strength. It also has a Rain 5G SIM that gives you access to unlimited data. To receive all these benefits, you have to pay R1,000 a month.
Rain 4G/LTE packages and prices
On 4 June 2018, Rain launched a new-generation 4G network that redefined how South Africans used mobile data. It is available in major cities in South Africa. You can see the Rain 4G coverage on the official website. The service is focused on data offerings and reduced prices for its consumers.
As of 2020, according to the company, there are two options of the 4G/LTE network:
- Unlimited off-peak for R250 per month – users are able to cap how much data they wish to use per month during the peak period (between 6 pm and 11 pm), they pay R50 for a gig. And they have 19 hours of unlimited off-peak data;
- Pay as you use for R50 per gig of data.
The 4G Sim can work in any 4G/LTE-enabled device. But Rain suggests its customers using it with a 4G dual-SIM phone, 4G tablet or MiFi device.
Going by Rain sim card reviews, it appears that these deals have been well received. The company has delivered its promise. Rain LTE speed is, in most cases, acceptable, even for heavy data users.